Whole river catchment approach to flood prevention

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/1974
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

In light of the serious risks posed by surface water and river flooding in London, and the growing consensus for whole river catchment approaches to mitigating flood risk, will the Mayor as part of his climate adaptation responsibilities, draw up action plans for each of London's thirteen river catchments?

Answer

Answer for Whole river catchment approach to flood prevention

Answer for Whole river catchment approach to flood prevention

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am actively looking into this. Officers have had initial discussions with the Environment Agency about taking this approach. They have discussed a pilot study taking a 25 year view of the options for the London part of the River Lee catchment (including its numerous tributary rivers).

I anticipate giving further consideration to this in my Environment Strategy, whilst respecting the fact that the GLA itself does not have direct powers or resources in respect of flood risk management.